Nzimande Says 67% of NSFAS Students Are SASSA Beneficiaries, SA Reacts

Nzimande Says 67% of NSFAS Students Are SASSA Beneficiaries, SA Reacts

- Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande spoke about NSFAS and SASSA child grant

- Nzimande believes that the child grant has assisted students with the application for tertiary education

- South Africans have shared their opinions on the matter through the microblogging app Twitter

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Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology Blade Nzimande said that around 67% of National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) students are also South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) beneficiaries.

Nzimande stated that this is a great achievement as this means that the "child grant is working" adding that students that may have not been able to study are now reaching the stage where they can apply for tertiary education.

South Africans have taken this news with a pinch of salt. Many Saffas have shared their thoughts about Nzimande's statement about child grant and NSFAS beneficiaries after a post was shared by popular parody account @AdvoBarryRoux on Twitter.

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67% of NSFAS students are also SASSA beneficiaries, Nzimande, SA reacts
Blade Nzimande says that 67% of NSFAS beneficiaries are also beneficiaries of SASSA but South Africans are not impressed. Image: Jeffrey Abrahams/Gallo Images and Frennie Shivambu/Gallo Images
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SABC News confirmed that Nzimande spoke about the 'great' achievement the SASSA child grant has had in aiding NSFAS beneficiaries. Nzimande's statements follow the news countrywide protests for free education.

Below is @AdvoBarryRoux's tweet about Nzimande:

Take a look at some of the responses below:

@Hunter__622 shared:

"Let's not make things hard for the next coming generations, South Africans ANC must not be in power after the 2022 elections."

@trueBlackChild tweeted:

"These people have failed in every way possible since their new dawn."

@DonaldMakhasane said in response:

"I've always defended them with the benefit of the doubt. After how they are handling the entire #FeesMustFall2021 situation I must say they just lost my vote."

@TebogoNamane2 added:

"This ANC and SACP alliance must come to an end... SACP is supposed to be a socialist movement... The current ANC crop is a bunch of capitalists that have made Blade only think about "the bottom line" and not the people..."

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In similar news, Briefly.co.za reported that Nzimande recently announced extra funding for first-year students. This follows the student protests against financial exclusion at the University of Witwatersrand.

The government, however, said the funds are not a result of the protests outside the university. Nzimande also said that former president Jacob Zuma hurt NSFAS by announcing free education for poorer students.

Nzimande says Zuma's announcement in 2017 of free higher education for students who could not afford it caused problems for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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